COVID-19 Wrongful Death Lawsuits Start to Surface

May 28, 2021

Brooks Schuelke, Esq.
Schuelke Law PLLC

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire)May 28, 2021 – Meatpacker Pilgrim’s Pride, located in Texas, is being served notice of a wrongful death action on behalf of deceased David Elijah and Elnora Brown. Court documents indicate the suit alleges the company placed profits over the safety of workers.

The allegations further assert that the company misrepresented the risks of COVID-19 infections to ensure workers would remain at the plant and failed to implement other preventive measures. The suit alleges that these failures led to the death of two workers.

Elijah’s spouse, Sybil, alleges Elijah was not told to wear any personal protective equipment (PPE) as he carried out his job as a custodian at the plant until late May or early June 2020. 

In May 2020, Elijah had a COVID-19 test at the Pilgrim plant a day before showing symptoms of the virus. Elijah, who was disabled, never left home. He died May 22, 2020, four days before his wife discovered she was positive for COVID-19. Mrs. Elijah is certain her husband caught the virus from his exposure at work. More than 400 people contracted COVID-19 that traced back to the Pilgrim plant.

Court documents indicate that thousands of workers work in close quarters, sharing equipment in the cold meat plant. It is alleged that the equipment and surfaces are not kept clean in compliance with government health guidelines and that the cold temperatures were a contributing factor to the higher rate of COVID-19 transmissions at the plant. The deceased family members in this lawsuit allege they did not have proper protective gear, recommended barriers, sanitizers and training stations.

“This is likely to be a bellwether case,” suggested Austin wrongful death attorney Brooks Schuelke, not involved in this case. “Cases like this are novel and a first for the legal community, and it’s difficult to guess what may happen. Also, each case is different and may have a different outcome.”

Anyone that has contracted COVID-19 at the Pilgrim plant or any other business location is best to discuss their case and circumstances with an experienced personal injury attorney. 

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